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Re-reading Dante's Vita nova

"Re-reading Dante’s Vita nova" is a collaborative research project involving researchers from University College London, the University of Bristol, the University of Cambridge, the University of Leeds, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Oxford, the University of Reading, and the University of Warwick.

Each event will focus on a different section of Dante’s Vita nova, its contexts, and its implications. Lectures are live streamed and discussions are faciliated via teleconference.

28 April, 2017 – Chapters 1-4, University of Leeds Research Hub 

10 November, 2017 – Chapters 5-12, University College London

2 February, 2018 – Chapters 13-18, University of Oxford

April, 2018 – Chapters 19-24, University of Bristol

September 2018 – Chapters 25-27, University of Reading

December 2018 – Chapters 28-34, University of Cambridge

January 2019, Chapters 35-39, University of Warwick

May 2019, Chapters 40-42, University of Notre Dame, Rome Global Gateway.

Inaugural Ravarino Lecture, March 23 at 4pm in 101, Jordan Hall of Science

Lino Pertile, Carl A. Pescosolido Research Professor, Department of Romance Languages (Harvard) will present his lecture "Uses and Abuses of Intelligence from Dante to Machiavelli"

The lecture will be introduced by John McGreevy, I. A. O'Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, and will also feature Zyg Barański, Notre Dame Professor of Dante and Italian Studies

The lecture is open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

Christopher G. Wagstaff Italian Film Collection LaunchApril 6 at 5pm, Scholars Lounge, Hesburgh Library

The Christopher G. Wagstaff Italian Film Collection will be formally incorporated into the Hesburgh Libraries’ Collections on Thursday, 6 April 2017. The centerpiece of the event is a short talk by Professor Chris Wagstaff, formerly of the University of Reading in the UK, whose kind donation of his film collection has substantially enriched Notre Dame’s Italian film holdings. As a result, the Hesburgh Libraries will house one of the foremost international collections of Italian films.

Presentations by Chris Wagstaff (Reading), Zyg Barański (Notre Dame-Cambridge), Tracy Bergstrom (Notre Dame) and Brendan Hennessey (SUNY Binghamton) 

Reception to follow


Romance Languages International Week, April 2-9, 2017

Sunday April 2, 4-7pm: International Dessert Night + music + dance + JeoparNDy, Hesburgh Center for International Studies

5pm: Photo contest displayed in O’Shaughnessy Great Hall until Thursday

Monday April 3, 5pm: Portuguese film, 103 DeBartolo Hall; 7pm: French film, 101 DeBartolo Hall

Tuesday April 4, 5pm: Spanish Film, 155 DeBartolo Hall; 7pm: Italian film, 101 DeBartolo Hall

Wednesday April 5, 5-7pm: Open Mic & Photo Contest Results, Great Hall, O’Shaughnessy

8pm: Hernán Reinaudo Tango Concert, Decio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Thursday April 6, 6:30pm: Live City Blues performance, Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library

Friday April 7, 6-8pm: Fest-Noz, a traditional Breton festival, with music and dancing, Reading Room, Jordan Hall

7pm: Italian Concert, Decio Theater, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

12:30pm: panel discussion on Democracy, Gender and Local Politics in the Andes; C103 Hesburgh Center

7pm, Documentary Screening, Soy Andina II: The Return, Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library

Saturday April 8, 1-4:30pm: Soccer tournament + taco tent (2 tacos and a drink for $5), Western Soccer Field (McGlinn Fields)

Sunday April 9 (Extra Event): 1-2:30pm, Lecture: "Genesis, Events and Incidents of Raphael's Preparatory Cartoon of the School of Athens," by Alberto Rocca (Pinacoteca, Ambrosiana) Annenberg Auditorium, Snite Museum of Art

Sponsored by The College of Arts & Letters, The Nanovic Institute, The Kellogg Institute, The Spanish student club,  the French student club, The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Italian Studies at Notre Dame, the Morris Inn, the Center for Social Concerns, the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, the Department of Film, Television and Theatre